Awards/Grants/Contests

All Awards Recognized at the Annual Conference in November

Competitions are OPEN for 2021!  Find information and links to submit nominees below!

Descriptions of NYS TESOL 2021 Contests, Grants and Awards


Name of Contest/Grant/Award

Number of Winners

Amount per Winner

Total Amount

STUDENT/PARENT AWARDS

Student Art/Logo Contest

Student-made art to be featured in conference logo and materials. Should reflect theme of annual conference.

1

$100

$100

  • 1 teacher of winner free conference

Student Essay Contest

Student essay written from author's personal point of view that analyzes and evaluates the conference theme. Possible types include: personal essay, narrative essay, persuasive essay, etc. 250-500 words.

4 (elem, second, adult, higher ed)

$100

$400

  • 4 teachers of winners free conference

Family Award

Family of an ELL nominated for outstanding support to the school community in service of multilingual students.

1

$300

$300

  • 1 teacher of winner free conference

Seal of Biliteracy Scholarship

High school senior who is ELL/former ELL who earned the Seal and is accepted to college.

1

$500

$500

  • 1 teacher of winner free conference

Outstanding High School Graduate

High school senior who is ELL/former ELL who exhibits outstanding community activism, school involvement, and leadership.

1

$500

$500

  • 1 teacher of winner free conference

Full Circle Scholarship

College student who was/is an ELL going into teaching.

1

$500

$500

  • 1 teacher of winner free conference

James E. Weaver Memorial Award 

An outstanding teacher candidate matriculated in a TESOL-related undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program in New York State.

No set

$ cost of conference

$ cost of conference

EDUCATOR AWARDS

Teacher Materials Grant

Provides funding for projects or experiences which directly enrich students’ language, academic, and cultural learning experiences. ESL/ENL learners may be of any age or level.  These materials should be for a project/activity/lesson that you propose in the application, and not for everyday classroom supplies (e.g. chalk, paper, etc.). Submit 1-page document outlining proposed project. Grantees will be required to submit an article about their projects to NYS TESOL for publication.  

1

$250

$250

Co-Teaching Pair of the Year

Outstanding ENL and Classroom/Content teacher pair

2

$300

$600

$ cost of conference for 2

Elementary School ESOL Teacher of the Year

Outstanding P-5 ESOL teacher who motivates and encourages students as well as engages them in productive and challenging learning. 

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

Middle School ESOL Teacher of the Year

Outstanding 6-8 ESOL teacher who motivates and encourages students as well as engages them in productive and challenging learning. 

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

High School ESOL Teacher of the Year

Outstanding 9-12 ESOL teacher who motivates and encourages students as well as engages them in productive and challenging learning. 

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

Adult Education ESOL Teacher of the Year

Outstanding ESOL teacher working in Adult ESL education context who motivates and encourages students as well as engages them in productive and challenging learning. 

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

College ESOL Professor of the Year

Outstanding professor of ESL in a higher education context, such as an intensive English program, who motivates and encourages students as well as engages them in productive and challenging learning. 

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

TESOL Professor of the Year

Outstanding TESOL teacher educator in a college or university TESOL teacher preparation program

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

Administrator of the Year

Outstanding P-12 administrator for ELLs at the school or district level

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

Marie and Richard Baecher Teacher Leadership Award

To recognize the important contribution teacher leaders make to English learner education, this award goes to an educator with at least five years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL (elementary, secondary, adult, or higher education). The nominee should demonstrate leadership beyond the classroom (at the school, district, regional level) that supports the academic and social well-being of English learners in New York state ESL and bilingual programs.  This leadership is not administrative but as a coach, professional development provider, curriculum designer, or community organizer.

1

$300

$300

$ cost of conference

RECOGNITION/SERVICE AWARDS

James A. Lydon Distinguished Service Award

A NYS TESOL member with a distinguished service record to the organization.

No set

none

$ cost of conference

NYS TESOL Recognition Award

Awarded to public officials (such as legislators, community activists, school board members, journalists) outside the profession who have acted to further the profession of TESOL and facilitate and foster the English-language acquisition of NYS students.

No set

none

$ cost of conference

Lifetime Achievement Award

 To honor a member of NYS TESOL who has shown dedication to the profession of TESOL, and the advancement of English Language Learners. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who is retiring or making a transition from a long, distinguished career in the field of TESOL.

 

No set

none

$ cost of conference